Buying a Reinforced Travel Crate for Pet Air Travel

Hi PetRelocation,

I need to fly my dog to Maine but I can't afford to spend $600 or more on the “IATA #82” reinforced crate plus the flight cost. Is there a place I can rent the crate for this one way flight?

I bought a plastic flight crate and have been told by United airlines that I need a reinforced pet crate for the flight. I do not have the funds to buy the crate and the flight ticket. I need some suggestions.

He is not an aggressive dog.
Hi Crystal,
Thank you for your question, we're sorry to hear about your troubles. Before we talk about crate options, we'd suggest double checking the regulations to make sure you actually need a reinforced crate meeting IATA container requirement #82.
According to United's website, a reinforced crate is needed for Pit Bull Terriers and other breeds sometimes classified as “aggressive” or who have strong jaws. You have mentioned that your dog is a Bull Terrier/Pointer mix, so unless he strongly resembles a Pit Bull or one of the other dogs on the list, you may be able to use a regular crate.
If not, unfortunately we don't know of any businesses that rent pet travel crates, however it may be possible to find a used one by searching eBay or Craigslist, etc. Here are some additional ideas for how to control the costs of a pet move.
Hopefully this is at least a little bit helpful! We know pet travel can be pretty stressful and would be happy to chat if you need some additional assistance (feel free to give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our online consultation form if so).
If any of our readers have ideas for Crystal, feel free to share them in the comments!
Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Crystal

From: Los Angeles CA

To: Portland, ME

Pet: Chase; Dog Bull Terrier/Pointer mix; 1 yr; 60 lbs



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By Erica W on July 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm

7/1/2018 I have a size 9, wooden custom crate to sell. Iata certified. It was used to fly a large pit bull to Arizona on Delta. I paid close to $800 for crate but willing to sell for $550. Local pickup only. Please email if interested.Erica

By Kelly Miller on June 24, 2018 at 8:28 am

Hi, I'm trying to bring my Rottweiler mix with us to Germany and need an IATA LAR CR82 crate in the largest size (the 700) (he's 102lbs). Can anyone direct me to where these are sold? Or if anyone is selling one, please let me know! Thanks

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 27, 2018 at 9:21 am

Hi Kelly! We'd be happy to help. Please fill out our Contact Us form and let us know where you are located. It also may be possible to find a used one by searching eBay or Craigslist, etc. and you may be able to find a local handyman who can construct one for you. Thanks!

By Chris on June 11, 2018 at 1:15 am

Hi... looking to buy or rent IATA crate for pit bulls. Need to get her from AK to NY... 65 lb... thanks all.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 11, 2018 at 10:27 am

Hi Chris! Here is a website where you can purchase a Zinger Crate. Hope this helps!

By Zsolt on May 16, 2018 at 11:02 am

Hi,My IATA 82 crate is still for sale if you are interested ˇ

By Chris on June 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Hi ... long shot but is your CR 82 crate still available?

By Cindy on June 10, 2018 at 12:37 pm

I am interested in purchasing your crate.. is it a large or Xlarge? Metal or wooden and what is your asking price. Cindy

By Zsolt on May 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Hi, I am selling my wooden IATA 82 crate for $350. It was used only once for my 62lbs staffy to ship him from Europe to CA. Size: 39.5"x20.5"x27.25"

By Shellese on May 2, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Hi, I am interested in buying your crate. Is it still available?

By Zsolt on May 4, 2018 at 1:02 am

Hi Shellese, Yes, it is still available.

By Barbara Garcia on March 19, 2018 at 9:06 am

Hi I'm moving from PR to FL after hurricane. I need one reinforced. If still available pls 6614169579. We have a Presa Canario our funds are limited. Thanks

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 2, 2018 at 11:53 am

Hi Barbara! Depending on the flight, you will likely not need a CR82 reinforced kennel. United has just announced they will no longer be accepting pit bull mixes on their aircrafts. The next best option would be to book a cargo plane (as opposed to a commercial aircraft) from Puerto Rico to Miami. If we arrange for this type of travel, your pup can travel in a plastic crate. In order for us to assist with your relocation, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Hope this helps!

By Lydia on February 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm

I desperately need an IATA CR-82 crate for my dog, we are relocating and I simply can’t afford a new one. If anyone has one that they can part with or sell cheaply please help me out, I refuse to leave my dog behind as we know what happens to most Pits. Hankyou in advance.

By Malika A Maat on January 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm

I desperately need a crate to send my pittbull to California with me from chicago. If anyone is selling their used crate please please email me thanks!

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